Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov is Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Chief Scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Using a series of examples, he will provide insight on how science is drawn into time-urgent policy decisions. There are many challenges for how to best inject science into decision processes which are often haphazard, and which require awareness of potential tools and involvement in the policy decisions. These issues can be seen clearly through decisions in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, questions about aircraft safety, and policy related to the Gulf oil spill.
Dr. Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. He joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in late 2001 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service. He is also a Visiting Researcher at Yale University.
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